The old devil woman retrieving her arm. From the series 'New forms of thrity-six ghosts'

One night in 976 Watanabe-no-Tsuna, a young lieutenant cut off the arm of the demon Ibaraki near the Rashomon Gate in Kyoto. He was advised by a Shinto priest to put it into a box and not to let anyone look at it. After he had taken the arm home and put it securely away, he was visited by his aunt who had heard of his exploit. She asked to be allowed to see the arm. When Watanabe finally gave in, she seized the arm and flew off in her true form, that of the demon Ibaraki.

Yoshitoshi depicted her with the brilliant outer robes slipping off to reveal embossed white robes. The story was often performed in the kabuki theatre.

The old devil woman retrieving her arm. From the series 'New forms of thrity-six ghosts' Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI
Japanese 1839-1892
The old demon woman retrieving her arm
from the New forms of thirty-six ghosts series
1889 Tokyo, Japan

colour woodblock
33.5 x 22.8 cm (image)
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the
assistance of Coles Myer Ltd, Governor, 1993 (AS26.1993)

The old devil woman retrieving her arm. From the series 'New forms of thrity-six ghosts'

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